Billy Dukes is a Senior Editor and Executive Producer at Taste of Country, where he has over 11,000 articles to his name. His media background includes jobs as music director at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C.; writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006 and wisely married her one year later. In 2014, they moved to Nashville, where they now live with their three sons. In his free time, Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling and home renovation.
Miranda Lambert Debuts Pink Hair at the 2015 CMA Awards
Miranda Lambert has gone pink! The singer showed off a new neon pink hair cut at the 2015 CMA Awards on Wednesday night.
Jordan Meredith Leaves Stage Bubbling, After Singing ‘Stronger’ With Kelly Clarkson on ABC’s ‘Duets’
Just two hours into the 'Duets' series, and trends are forming. For Kelly Clarkson, that means choosing duet partners that are tall on talent, but a little short on confidence. Much like Jason Farol earlier, Jordan Meredith was trembling when she first joined the pop superstar. Her performance of 'Stronger' was anything but lacking in swagger, however.
Bridget Carrington and John Legend Heat Up the Stage with ‘Tonight’ on ‘Duets’
It's difficult to believe John Legend hasn't known his second 'Duets' partner longer than just a few weeks. The singer-songwriter chose Bridget Carrington to sing his song 'Tonight (Best You Ever Had)' with him during Thursday night's debut episode of the ABC reality show. The result left at least two judges wanting to run home to the men in their lives.
Johnny Gray’s Voice Is ‘Smooth Like Honey’ During ‘Duets’ Performance of ‘Ordinary People’ With John Legend
John Legend was out to find the purest voice when choosing a partner for his team on ABC's new reality show 'Duets.' After sifting through dozens of talented but not-quite-right singers, the singer-songwriter chose an unlikely partner to sing his hit 'Ordinary People.' Johnny Gray towered over Legend at the piano while singing the love song.
Team Cee Lo Green Flashes Back for Performance of Motown Hit ‘Dancing in the Street’ on ‘The Voice’
The first two contestants on Monday night's episode of 'The Voice' gave performances that rate amongst the best seen thus far on season two of the NBC series. Cee Lo Green encored with the best coach performance of the year. His team's version of Martha and the Vandellas 'Dancing in the Street' was wild without being weird.
Juliet Simms ‘Blacks Out’ While Impressing ‘The Voice’ Judges With Aerosmith’s ‘Cryin”
The final performer on 'The Voice' always has the advantage of not having to worry about clean up, which worked out well for rocker Juliet Simms on Monday night. After her emotional performance of 'Cryin'' by Aerosmith, it would have been tough to watch another singer (Pip?) wade through the pile of snow white feathers that fell from the ceiling.
Tony Lucca Shocks America With Bluesy Version of Britney Spears’ ‘… Baby One More Time’ on ‘The Voice’
Former Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Tony Lucca squeaked through two weeks ago after competing coach and former co-star Christina Aguilera called him one-dimensional. This week he embraced his past, and chose a song from another of his teenaged co-stars. Singing Britney Spears' '... Baby One More Time,' Lucca gave what's destined to be the night's most talked-about performance.
Maroon 5 + Wiz Khalifa Debut New Single ‘Payphone’ on ‘The Voice’
'The Voice' coach Adam Levine left the safety of his big red chair and joined his Maroon 5 bandmates on stage to debut 'Payphone,' the lead single from their upcoming album 'Overexposed.' Halfway through the song, Wiz Khalifa stepped on stage to bring the uptempo love song home.
Jordis Unga Shows Her Vulnerable Side With ‘A Little Bit Stronger’ Performance on ‘The Voice’
Blake Shelton's hard rocker chilled out a bit for a delicate performance of 'A Little Bit Stronger' by Sara Evans on 'The Voice' Monday night. Jordis Unga took the stage in an uncharacteristically elegant ivory evening gown and earned praise from all four coaches.
Jamar Rogers Flanked by Female Guitarists on Stilts During ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ Performance on ‘The Voice’
Lights, leather, sexy women playing electric guitars on stilts ... Jamar Rogers' version of 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' by Lenny Kravitz had just about everything a rock star could pack into one two-minute performance on network television. The Bronx born and raised singer got the night's loudest and longest standing ovation.